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IN STOCK: Carol Benoit, left, owner of Crystal Waters Hot Tubs LLC in Warwick, says she’s selling a lot of hot tubs right now because she’s the only one that has them. At right is Crystal Benoit, finance manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hot tubs selling like hotcakes during pandemic

Realizing she could do better than the commission she earned selling hot tubs at her former job, Carol Benoit, of Cranston, decided to dip...
FIRST OF ITS KIND: Jamie Freda makes her vegan pasta at Hope & Main in Warren. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Preserving tradition through pasta

Jamie Freda spent her summers in Puglia, Italy, learning the finer points of cooking traditional Italian food from her grandmother. “She taught me everything,” Freda...
CREATIVE SPACE: Designer Kyleen Moraton recently opened Kyleen Designs, a storefront featuring a shop and studio at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Freelance designer takes work to next level by opening new storefront

A career in design is nothing new for Lincoln resident Kyleen Moraton. But over the past year, Moraton has taken her work to a...
DESIGN DUO: Fashion curator Sandee Saunders, left, is the founder of FABuleuse in Newport, a boutique offering designer clothing and artwork that she opened with Alecta Rose, co-founder, stylist and model. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Newport boutique features art, fashion ‘living harmoniously in one space’

The boutique FABuleuse in Newport has a simple goal: providing access to one-of-a-kind fashions and artwork. Opened in May by Sandee Saunders and Alecta Rose,...
SINGING CHIROPRACTOR: Devon Barley, a finalist on the television show “The Voice” in 2011, opened Greenwich Bay Chiropractic in East Greenwich in August. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Aspiring singer trades in microphone for chiropractic degree, caring for others

Devon Barley was pushed by his father to be a singer but took the practical approach, following in his footsteps as a chiropractor. Despite his...
FELINE FOCUS: Amanda Souza-Viera, pictured with Ozzie, is the owner of Bajah’s Cat Cafe LLC, a new cafe in Tiverton that features cats available for adoption from local shelters that customers can meet and interact with. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bajah’s Cat Cafe offers customers chance to adopt furry felines

Amanda Souza-Viera spent much of her childhood surrounded by animals on her great-grandmother’s Rhode Island farm. But more than the chickens, goats and cows,...
RAPID TESTERS: PureVita Labs LLC co-founders, from left foreground, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Jason Ianuccilli and Stuart Procter, meet with Chief Operating Officer Andrew Austin, background, at the West Warwick marijuana testing facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PureVita aiming to become New England’s premier marijuana testing lab

Typically, in states where the green, leafy substance has been legalized, the testing of retail and medical marijuana by government-certified labs is conducted by...
RETURN TO ROOTS: Katherine Fotiades and Mark Phillips own and operate Skydog Farm, a farm store and hydroponic nursery in Scituate that grows herbs and leafy greens. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Connecting to the land, reducing food waste and building a community

Katherine Fotiades believes education and community engagement are the keys to running a successful agricultural operation. Fotiades and partner Mark Phillips in September 2020 opened...
PAYING ATTENTION: Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy Inc. in Johnston, says he will compete with corporate retail pharmacies by offering personalized service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pharmacy offers customers personalized service, free same-day delivery

Zahan Akbar opened a full-service pharmacy this year, Atwood Pharmacy Inc., knowing that personalized service for people taking medication would set him apart from...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Jamie Chatel launched Arrow Tarot LLC, a new, home-based tarot reading, intuitive coaching and events business in Warwick, in February.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping people find clarity and purpose through tarot readings, coaching

For Jamie Chatel, tarot is more than a fun party game. It’s a way to tap into one’s own intuition, to make decisions with “the...

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